Whew! And with a huge sigh of relief, much discarded wrapping paper, lots of batteries, alan keys and fiddly assembly, Christmas is concluded for another year. How was your big day? Ours was an unqualified success. The work that goes into Christmas day, all the preparation and planning, leaves me exhausted on Boxing Day. The Test cricket is a welcome relief as I lie comatose on the couch, punctuating the hours with random, sporadic bursts of tidying up (or blogging). Continue reading
So handwriting is no longer being taught in many US schools and, inevitably, it will no longer be taught here. It seems the typed word has superceded the cursive-written word. My first reaction, when I read this on a friend’s Facebook page (credit to Westie!) was shock and outrage. But when I tried to qualify my outrage … Continue reading
With three young children (6, 5 and 4 years) I have the dubious honour of being able to call myself something of a Chipmunks expert. Not the original Chipmunks, mind you, who date back to 1959. No, I’m only familiar with the latest incarnation of Alvin, thanks to my children’s borderline obsession with the singing trio. So when I said we were going to see movie #3 in the series, they very nearly passed out from the excitement. Continue reading
Mums plan, children laugh. After the ripper success of the chart, that I spent much time smugly blogging about last week, I came a cropper the very next night. Matilda, it seems, is much, much smarter than me. Continue reading
I’ve been using charts for years as a behaviour modification tool. You know, you give your kids a sticker when they do something right and when they complete a row they get a reward. As I said, I’ve been using them for years. And not one single chart has ever really worked. Until now. There’s a couple of tricks to making the chart work and I know what they are.